Johan Stemmet profile

After over forty-three seasons and 700 episodes, Johan Stemmet will hang up his microphone on Noot vir Noot.

Johan Stemmet (born 9 February 1952) is a South African television presenter, producer, director, songwriter, and singer. He is best known for presenting the Afrikaans language music game show Noot vir Noot. He produced the show since 1991.

Johan and his long-time partners Johan van Rensburg and Elsa Colling resigned from the SABC television service in 1989. They created a production company, Stemmburg Television.

In 2014, he produced a new indigenous music game for SABC2 Musiek Roulette.

Johan Stemmet
Johan Stemmet biography
Johan Stemmet taught Languages and History at Rondebosch Boys High School from 1974 to 1980.
Full Name:Johan Carl Stemmet
Born:9 February 1952 (age: 71 years old)
Place of Birth:Springbok , Namaqualand
Nationality:South African
Education:Law, language, and education
Alma mater:University of Stellenbosch,
University of Cape Town
Occupation:Television presenter, producer, director, songwriter, singer
Years Active:1971-date

Early Life

Johan Stemmet was born on 9 February 1952 in Springbok in the Northern Cape. He grew up in a diamond mine on the West coast of Namaqualand, Kleinzee. His father was a diamond prospector.

At 11, he began to play in a dance band. He had lessons in classical and light music on the piano. He learned to play the guitar and other keyboard instruments by himself.

Stemmet frequently performs as an orchestra at the Devon Valley in Stellenbosch and private events to pay for his education.


In 1969, Johan Stemmet matriculated from a boarding school, Jan van Riebeeck High School, Cape Town. He enrolled to study language and education at the University of Stellenbosch in 1970.

Stemmet engaged in swimming, athletics, karate, cricket, and rugby at university. In 1974, he earned a BA and Higher Education Diploma. He subsequently went on to the University of Cape Town to further his education studies, earning a B.Ed. 


After graduating, he became a teacher at Rondebosch Boys High School in 1974. He taught Languages and History until 1980. He headed the Afrikaans First Language Department.

Johan created and produced the first quiz show in many languages, FUNDIS, for SABC2 in 2017. He stopped teaching in 1980 and relocated to Johannesburg.

Stemmet became the South African Television Service’s Light Music Director on 1 July 1980, marking the beginning of his TV career. He produced, directed, and presented variety and game shows.

TV personality Johan and his friend Johan van Rensburg created and launched Noot vir Noot. The show is one of the longest-running game shows in the country.

A Word Or 2 was the game show he produced in 1997. It ran for nine years on SABC2. He created the SABC2 educational game show Wise Up. In 2006, it was a nominee for the Japan Prize for Educational TV and featured on NHK Japan.

His love of piloting gyrocopters inspired his production of the documentary Fly The Beloved Country. He has dropped many tracks and albums as a singer since he began to sing in 1972.

From 1980 to 1999, he dropped twelve albums. He has bagged many awards and recognitions, including the SARI award for Best Afrikaans Album (Bianca) in 1982. The track ‘n Dans Met Pa earned him a Song Of The Year Award.

In 2006, he dropped Johan Stemmet – Inspirational Songs with the backing of SABC2. The album is a group of his favorite songs. In 2007, he received a Golden Plume Award from SABC for his Contribution to the South African Broadcast Industry.

Johan has been presenting continuously for thirty-eight years on SABC2 by 2018. He was officially recognized as a living legend at the South African Legends Museum in January 2020.

 In 2012, News24 reported that he’d put on a new (waist) coat for Musiektrivia, a music quiz show scheduled to start on April 14 at 20:00 on kykNET. 

Personal Life

Johan Stemmet met his wife, Colleen, while teaching at Rondebosch Boys’ High School. The couple has two sons, Etienne and Carl.

His sons are in the entertainment industry and were once presenters. For six years, Carl presented K-TV programming for kids on M-Net. In March 2008, he played Jamie Dekker in the SABC2 mini-series Huis van Liefde. Etienne worked as a kid’s presenter on KIDZ CAN on SABC2.


Artes Award

  • Best Contribution to Variety Programs 1994

Avanti Award

  • For Effective Communication 2001
  • Best Presenter 2001
  • For Creativity 2001

TEMPO Award 

  • Lifetime contribution to television 2015


  • Best Game Show 2010 and 2011 Note for Note
  • Lifetime Achiever’s Award 2018
  • Best Game Show Note by Note 2019
  • Best Educational Children’s Program: Words and Numbers 2020
  • Best Game Show 2022 Music Roulette

Other Awards

  • SALM 2020 Inaugurated as a living legend in the South African legends museum
  • SABC “Golden Plume Award” 2006 for his contribution to the South African television industry over 30 years
  • Report Vonk Music Pioneer Award 2009

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